[Ubuntu-PH] The Peso Sign for Ubuntu

JC John Sese Cuneta jcjohn at laibcoms.asia
Sat Aug 15 04:06:22 UTC 2009

Good Morning!

    I just want to propose to the group that we file a proposal to
change the Dollar Sign that is currently included as default for "en-PH"
of Ubuntu, with the Peso sign which have been available since Unicode v3.2.

    There are two ways we can go with this.

    Option #1:
    Shift+4 will be replaced with the real ₱ sign.
    Add CTRL+Shift+4 which will represent the $ sign.

    Option #2:
    Shift+4 will stay as-is, the $ sign.
    Add CTRL+Shift+4 as the real ₱ sign.

    Areas for changes:
    1) Keyboard Preferences
          Options #1 and #2 above requires the creation of a new
Keyboard layout for the Philippines.
    2) Regional Settings - note: Gnome doesn't offer an interface for
Regional Settings (KDE wins here :p )
          Change the currency to ₱ sign.
          => /usr/share/i18n/locales then look for en_PH
          => scroll down to LC_MONETARY
                   you'll see the ff:
"<U0050><U0048><U0050><U0020>"   (my note: it translates to "PHP "
"<U0050><U0068><U0070>"  (my note: it translates to "Php")

                   The int_curr_symbol stays as-is.
                   The currency_symbol can be changed to "<U20B1>" 
which will translate to "₱".
                   So now we have:
                            currency_symbol       "<U20B1>"

    The #1 question: Font support.
          If you are seeing the real Peso sign above, then your system
have the appropriate fonts.  You can also test here:

          Here are the fonts with support for the Peso sign:
          Once you open that page, click also on the link: Local Font

          More likely than not, you will be surprised that all your
local Linux fonts have a Peso sign support.  That is actually (if I am
not mistaken) a feature of Linux - the system searches each font before
it tells you that it doesn't have that glyph.

          Point here, under Linux, the fonts with the real Peso sign
included are installed by default on Linux or at least in Ubuntu (since
I haven't tested other distros), so we don't really have a font support
problem re: Peso sign.  ^_^

        (special note:  I tested this against Windows .  I copied a
Linux font that's compatible with Windows, booted to WinXP, installed
the font, re-booted XP, then did the test.  The font that was detected
to have a "Peso" sign "glyph" wasn't detected to have one under
Windows.  And if I open the font under Fontforge, it's the same, no Peso
sign.  So I come to the conclusion that it is a Linux feature to use
another font's glyph to render the glyph that is missing on a particular

          Here's more info:

    Un.  Mabuhay!  Let's not put the Peso sign to waste :p  (selfish
plug: http://laibcoms.asia/blog/labox/general5/how-to-type-the-peso-sign )

Best Regards,

JC John Sese Cuneta
ᜑᜓᜏᜈ᜔ / 謝施洗
jcjohn at laibcoms.asia
Laibeus at Laibcoms.com

Blogs: http://gameshogun.ws | http://Laibcoms.asia/blog/

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